Leadership, character and service comprise the bedrock of Florida Memorial University's campus life. Florida Memorial University
is the only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in Miami, Florida. The University is the product of two institutional mergers in 1941 involving Florida Baptist Institute (1879) in Live Oak, Florida and the Florida Baptist Academy (1892) in Jacksonville, Florida. Both institutions espoused industrial education, domestic arts, teacher education, as well as agricultural, mechanical, and religious training. During the university’s tenure in Jacksonville, college President Nathan White Collier recruited noted faculty, including J. Rosamond Johnson, who later assisted his brother James Weldon Johnson in composing the Black national anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” while employed at Florida Baptist Academy. The University later thrived in St. Augustine from 1918 – 1968 before relocating to its current location in Miami.
This collection from the Nathan W. Collier Library features archival materials including the yearbooks The Lair (1944), The Flanician (1945-1951), and The Arch (1952–2011). The archives also contain university bulletins and catalogs (1898-1899, 1910-1917, 1929 - Present) along with additional material reflecting the history of the college.
The archive does not contain the following yearbooks: 1879-1943, 1947-1951,1959,1961,1962,1963,1964,1965,1976,1982,1984,1989,1990-1999,1995,1998-2003
The archive does not contain the following catalogs: 1879-1897, 1900-1909, 1912, 1918-1928, 1937, 1940, 1946-1948, 1974